Another legendary warrior from North Kerala at the end of the 16th century. Highly stylised songs and stories
of his valour and chivalry abound. He lived some 500 years ago.
He was born in the family of ‘Manikothy’ in Thacholi
near Badakara. He was a brave warrior, merciless to enemies, but
a friend of the helpless. Even the Zamorin of Calicut respected
him. He defeated Mathiloor Gurukkal and killed him. But one of the
Gurukkal’s disciple cheated and killed Othenan. His real name
was Udayanakurup. He died at the young age of 32. He is praised
about in Vadakkanpattu.